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Ray Combs

Born: 1956-04-03 - Died: 1996-06-02
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Death Summary: Combs was admitted to the psychiatric ward of Glendale Adventist Medical Center and placed on a 72-hour mental observation watch. On Sunday June 2, Combs removed the sheets from his bed; fashioned a noose and hung himself inside the closet of his room.

The stress from almost being paralyzed in a car accident, the closure of his comedy club (CaddyCombs), and the split from his wife of 18 years is said to be what led to his suicide.

Combs is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamiltion, Ohio.

Who was Ray Combs : Combs was a former comedian who is probably best known for being the host of the popular game show Family Feud. He hosted "The Feud" from 1988 - 1994.
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  1. Taling Delaney Says:

    I adored him. He always had me cracking up! To me, he was the BEST host for Family Feud ever! That’s too bad. You can NEVER judge a book by its cover.

  2. Tereka Smith Says:

    Poor thing! I know it is not fair to remember him because of his last act. But it saddens me everytime when I read how hopeless these poor people felt in their last moments it seems so cruel. Shame on the facility he was in he should of obviously been taken better care of. I hope his family sued them for neglecting to protect an obvious unbalanced person from harm. It will forever be an injustise if they are not held accountable!!!!

  3. John W Landry Says:

    It took me a little while to picture Family Feud without Richard Dawson but Ray Combs eventually grew on me.He was hilarious.What a sad ending but he cemented a legacy of his own.RIP forever

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  5. Susan Pichot Says:

    RIP Ray. YOu were very funny, my favorite host. Depression should be a more widely considered disease. Thank you for bringing light to this subject.

  6. Thomas Combs Jr. Says:

    As a child and teenager, this was my favorite game show and I have very fond memories watching it with my family. When I look back now and imagine a child or teen taking time for a show like this, well it just seems a little odd. It was because of Ray, the man had personality and character in abundance, I don’t see anyone ever filling his shoes as the host. It’s like Bob Barker, the man was just the right man for the show and will always be the first thing to mind when the show is mentioned. It is hard for me to imagine a man with such great qualities so down and out on life, he brought me and my family great times as I am sure he did so many others. I am also of the belief that the psychiatric ward needs to be held accountable. I work in a lock down psychiatric facility and could never imagine this happening in ours. When a person is this down and out, when they are seeing death as the only option, in this field we are taught to look for so many signs, and no matter what, there is always something about the person that says “please help me, please watch over me”. It is more than sad and a misfortune for so many that this was missed in Ray as I would think he’d been a clear read on this issue. May he always be remembered for his great personality and as the outstanding host of Family Feud.

  7. J.B. SWANSON Says:

    one hundred people surveyed top five answers on the board.
    name something you do when you are depressed.
    1. hang your self
    2. throw your feces at the orderly
    3. sleep all day snd weep all night
    4. fart the tune we shall over come
    5. pee on richard dawsons picture
    this was rays suicide note as taken from up yours honkey magazine. ray was my idol and inspired me to dedicate my life to usless surveys. good by my little scallion nuts, bye bye

  8. lawrence grffin Says:

    I remember Ray from “Overboard”. and watch the movie at least once a year. I will always remember Ray’s story. I felt I could relate with him. I just wish he could have found his way out of the storm. RIP

  9. Jimmy Says:

    R.I.P I know he’s going to hell for his sin but aw well.

  10. BJ. Pappy Says:

    Survey say’s Ray is not in hell he is in heaven, and how would you know Jimmy your not God. How cruel to say something like that! To the children of Ray Combs I give my condolences. He loved you all very much and talked about you often on the Fued. You were Awesome Ray and I still watch you on the cable reruns…Rest In Peace Ray your smile will always be remembered in my heart…

  11. Anonymous Jerk Says:

    I wish then Sylvain Viger are place in Louis-Hyppolite Lafontaine Hospital for checking and care his mental illness and cocaine addiction, it is soon.

  12. Mrs. Cobbs Says:

    Sure do miss you Ray, you left this world too soon. Wish you could have known how you would have been missed and how hurt so many people would be by your passing. God Bless your soul. May you rest in peace.

  13. tara shanagher Says:

    i rember when i heard of your sad sad passing. i am still shocked. wish you much peace and comfort.

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